What comes next? | Sciences
The 21st century has been plagued with one crisis after another – a global pandemic, climate catastrophes, economic turmoil and senseless violence. So how do we equip ourselves for what’s around the corner?
To forge our path through this uncertainty, hear from five UNSW Sydney thinkers who are discovering the benefits of fighting fungal infections, the secrets of solar energy, the potential healing powers of magic mushrooms in mental health, and how X-ray vision might help us transition to a renewable economy.
Could ‘magic’ mushrooms become medical mushrooms? | Adam Bayes
More than 264 million people worldwide have depression. But for many people struggling with severe or treatment-resistant depression, standard therapies may not work. Could psychedelics play a role in managing mental health?
The secret to fighting fungal infection | Bianca Briscas
Nearly 400 years ago, scientists made the groundbreaking discovery that fungi were all around us, on us, and inside us too. So why is our current arsenal against fungal infection so limited?
Unlocking the future of supportive care | Jennifer Cohen
While many of us are looking forward to the end of Zoom calls, for those who are critically ill, rapid developments in digital technology fostered by the pandemic can mean an end to social isolation.
X-ray vision: revealing secrets to sustainability | Patrick Tung
As we’re rapidly shifting towards an economy fuelled by renewables, is tomography – a technology similar to CAT scans in hospitals – the secret to unlocking an even more sustainable future?
Unleashing the power of solar energy | Ivan Perez Wurfl
Australia is well known as the sunburnt country, so why aren’t we taking advantage of the limitless solar power beaming down on our great southern land?
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Dr Adam Bayes is a psychiatrist who works as a clinician-scientist with a focus on mood disorders (depression and bipolar conditions). His research interests include diagnosis, classification and novel treatments for severe depression including ketamine and psychedelics. Bayes holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Hons), Bachelor of Advanced Science, Master of Psychiatry, and a PhD. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, is a senior research fellow and VMO psychiatrist at the Black Dog Institute and the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health, at UNSW Sydney.
Bronwyn Graham (Host)
Bronwyn Graham is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science at UNSW Sydney. Bronwyn combines her expertise as a behavioural neuroscientist and clinical psychologist to investigate the neurobiological underpinnings of anxiety disorders, with a particular focus on understanding why anxiety affects twice as many women as men. Bronwyn has held numerous fellowships, including an ARC DECRA, a UK-based MQ Foundation Fellowship, and an American Australian Association Neurological Fellowship. In 2020, she received the Aubrey Lewis Award from Biological Psychiatry Australia. Her findings have been disseminated to health professionals in publications like the Psychiatric Times and on the ABC’s Lateline.